The history of American witches is way weirder than you ever imagined. From bewitched pigs hell-bent on revenge to gruesome twentieth-century murders, American Witches reveals strange incidents of witchcraft that have long been swept under the rug as bizarre sidetes to history. On a tour through history that's both whimsical and startling, we'll encounter seventeenth-century children flying around inside their New England home like geese. We'll meet a father-son team of pious Puritans who embarked on a mission that involved undressing ladies and overseeing hangings. And on the eve of the Civil War, we'll accompany a reporter as he dons a dress and goes searching for witches in New York City's most dangerous neighborhoods. Entertainingly readable and rich in amazing details often left out of today's texts, American Witches casts a flickering torchlight into the dark corners of American history.
Susan Fair is most at home exploring the crossroads of weirdness and history. She has written for a number of outlets, including Blue Ridge Country, the Gettysburg Experience, Cryptomundo, the Rumpus, and several newspapers. She is the author of Mysteries & Lore of Western Maryland. She works for a public library and at the Boonsboro Museum of History, which houses relics of weird history, including an actual witch's spell book. Susan lives on the shoulder of South Mountain in western Maryland.